I wanted to highlight this line since I feel that it's much more significant (and troubling) than it seems [emphasis mine]:
One can imagine a car owned by a prankster or terrorist jiggling its steering wheel in just such a way as to cause a nearby car to needlessly swerve off the road
I can remember a time not too long ago when technology had not yet evolved to the point where it became possible for pranksters to so easily find themselves on par with terrorists (all it will take in the near future is jiggling a steering wheel, apparently).
This just illustrates why all of our problems and most of the threats we face are largely if not entirely a function of consciousness (or a lack thereof).
When everyone can get almost anything they want just because they want it (it's illegal? Fuck it I'll just 3D print one then...) or critical infrastructure can be thrown into chaos with cardboard and stickers then security can really only come from a collective lack of desire to fuck with each other. And we're getting closer to that point every day, but our efforts at promoting the consciousness-expansion we'll need in order to handle it are lagging way too far behind.
So it seems that even if we save the proverbial world from impending ecological collapse and avoid or prevent a pandemic and get lucky with space rocks missing us we're STILL going to end up with a crazy-intense society where more or less anything goes if someone wants it to, and getting a conviction for crimes with victims will get tougher as every Defense lawyer will cite a rather compelling "deepfake defense" against any video or audio evidence by demanding it be proven to be real, which is really hard if not impossible (but crimes with no victim will get easier to defend since we'll have AI lawyers who will find the loopholes in the rules and start faking a seizure in the Courtroom or something).